Patient’s psychology has been reported to represent an important factor in the persistence of symptoms in patients with patellofemoral pain. Incorporating measures of psychological health into the initial assessment in those with patellofemoral pain can offer useful insight into levels of anxiety, fear or depression associated with their pain presentation.

In this section, you will find tools that you can use to assess psychology features of a patient with patellofemoral pain.

The Tampa Scale is 17-item questionnaire to quantify fear of movement and re-injury due to movement and physical activity on a scale of 0 to 68, where 68 indicates greater fear of re-injury due to movement.

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The Pain Catastrophising Scale is a 13-item questionnaire that describes thoughts and feelings that individuals experience when they have pain. The questionnaire reflects the types of thoughts and feelings that patient’s have when they are in pain. The scale ranges from 0 to 52, where 52 represents greater catastrophic pain.

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The Örebro Musculoskeletal Pain Questionnaire (ÖMPQ) is a ‘yellow flag’ screening tool that predicts long-term disability and failure to return to work when completed four to 12 weeks following a musculoskeletal injury.

Identification, through the ÖMPQ, of workers at risk of failing to return to work due to personal and environmental factors provides the opportunity for treating practitioners to apply appropriate interventions (including the use of activity programs based on cognitive behavioural strategies) to reduce the risk of long-term disability in injured workers

Listen a BJSM podcast by Bill Vicenzino and Liam McLachlan discussing about the importance of assessing psychological features of patients with patellofemoral pain.